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TELFORD MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

A TELFORD MAN IS FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP TUESDAY. JOHNSON CITY POLICE INITIATED THE STOP JUST PAST 10:30 LAST NIGHT, AFTER SEEING A DRIVER VIOLATING THE NEW HANDS FREE LAW. DURING THE STOP 55 YEAR OLD MARK HORTON ATTEMPTED TO CONCEAL EVIDENCE BY THROWING A GLASS PIPE USED TO SMOKE ILLEGAL DRUGS UNDER HIS VEHICLE. THE PIPE WAS RECOVERED AND ANOTHER WAS FOUND IN THE GLOVE BOX. OFFICERS ALSO DISCOVERED THAT HORTON’S DRIVERS LICENSE HAD BEEN REVOKED SINCE 2010 FOR DUI, AND HE DIDN’T HAVE ANY INSURANCE COVERAGE. HE WAS CHARGED WITH 3RD OFFENSE DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, ILLEGAL USE OF A MOBILE DEVISE, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, AND ILLEGAL DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

JC MAN FACING ASSAULT CHARGE

ABOUT 1:30 TUESDAY AFTERNOON, JOHNSON CITY POLICE RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF THE JOHN SEVIER CENTER, ABOUT AN ALTERCATION BETWEEN TWO MEN INVOLVING A KNIFE. THE VICTIM TOLD OFFICER THAT 43 YEAR OLD JOEL JENKINS HAD CHARGED AT HIM, THREATENING HIM WITH A KNIFE. THE VICTIM CALLED 911 AFTER GETTING AWAY. JENKINS WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A GLASS PIPE, AND WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND UNLAWFUL DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

TEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

A JOHNSON CITY TEEN IS FACING ASSAULT CHARGES. POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA OF WEST MARKET STREET AND HILL STREET, AFTER A REPORT THAT 19 YEAR OLD DALTON GILL HAD POINTED A GUN AT SOMEONE. AFTER A BRIEF SEARCH, GILL WAS LOCATED NEAR CARVER APARTMENTS. A BB GUN MATCHING THE VICTIM’S DESCRIPTION WAS FOUND HIDDEN CLOSE BY. GILL WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED THIS AFTERNOON.

HAMPTON MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING WOMAN WITH A KNIFE

A HAMPTON MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY EVENING, AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF ATTACKING A WOMAN WITH A KNIFE. JUST BEFORE 1:30 MONDAY AFTERNOON, CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO HIGHWAY 19-E, AFTER RECEIVING A CALL OF A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE IN A VEHICLE. A WOMAN TOLD OFFICERS THAT 20 YEAR OLD JERRY RAMSEY CUT HER WITH A KNIFE, GRABBED HER THROAT, AND HIT HER HEAD INTO THE VEHICLE WINDOW DURING A FIGHT. OFFICERS ISSUED A WARRANT FOR RAMSEY’S ARREST. RAMSEY TURNED HIMSELF IN ABOUT 10:30 PM AND WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. HE’S CURRENTLY FREE ON BOND.

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE

A VIRGINIA MAN WAS CHARGED WITH BEING A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE MONDAY. JUST BEFORE 5:00 PM, JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARRIVED AT JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER, AFTER BEING ADVISED BY RICHLANDS VIRGINIA POLICE, THAT A PERSON WITH WARRANTS FROM THEIR JURISDICTION MIGHT BE THERE. OFFICERS ARRESTED 26 YEAR OLD JORDAN WARD. HE HAD SEVERAL OUTSTANDING WARRANTS OUT OF VIRGINIA, INCLUDING FELONY EVADING, AND SEVERAL TRAFFIC CHARGES.

VSP TAKE OVER INVESTIGATION OF FORMER WEBER CITY POLICE OFFICER

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ARE NOW LEADING THE INVESTIGATION OF A FORMER WEBER CITY POLICE OFFICER, ACCUSED OF SLAMMING A JUVENILE’S HEAD WHILE HANDCUFFED LAST MONTH. ACCORDING TO THE SCOTT COUNTY VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AUTHORITIES HAVE FORMALLY ABANDONED CHARGES AGAINST NATHAN KENNEDY, AND EVIDENCE IN THE CASE THAT CAME FROM AN ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION, CANNOT BE USED IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. KENNEDY RESIGNED FROM THE WEBER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ON JULY 22ND.

ELDERLY WOMAN SCAMMED

MOUNT CARMEL POLICE SAY AN ELDERLY WOMAN WAS SCAMMED OUT OF OVER 58,000 DOLLARS IN A PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE SCAM. POLICE SAY THE 78 YEAR OLD WOMAN SENT THE MONEY AFTER BEING TOLD SHE HAD WON 3 MILLION DOLLARS AND A NEW MERCEDES VALUED AT 75,000 DOLLARS. WHEN SHE RAN OUT OF MONEY, THE SCAMMER BEGAN THREATENING TO HAVE HER MURDERED. THE WOMAN WHO IS HER CHURCH’S SECRETARY TRIED TO DRAW 7,500 DOLLARS FROM HER CHURCH’S CREDIT CARD. POLICE SAY THE CHURCH ISN’T LIKELY TO PRESS CHARGES AGAINST THE WOMAN.

MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS IN JAIL AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF SHOOTING A WOMAN, WHO WAS ANOTHER PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE HE WAS RIDING IN. THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAY 36 YEAR OLD MATTHEW SCHNEIDER AND THE VICTIM WERE GETTING A RIDE HOME, WHEN SCHNEIDER, WHO WAS RIDING IN THE BACKSEAT, SHOT THE WOMAN, WHO WAS IN THE FRONT. SCHNEIDER THEN JUMPED FROM THE CAR AND RAN AWAY. THE 26 YEAR OLD VICTIM TOLD OFFICERS SHE ONLY KNEW SCHNEIDER BY HIS FIRST NAME, AND THAT THEY BOTH HAD BEEN AT A FRIENDS APARTMENT. HE WAS IDENTIFIED THREW A PHOTO LINEUP, AND WAS LOCATED AND ARRESTED LATER TUESDAY MORNING. HE’S CHARGED WITH RECKLESS AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON.